Six medical doctors under the Ekiti Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and their driver, yesterday, lost their lives in a road traffic accident along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, a few kilometers to Kaduna.
The doctors were reportedly on their way to the 56th NMA Annual General Conference/Annual Delegates meeting in Sokoto when their vehicle, a 13-passanger bus was involved in the fatal crash.
According to the statement released today in Abuja, co-signed by the NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe and Secretary-General, Dr. Adewumi Alayaki, the deceased were identified as Dr. Alex Akinyele, Secretary, NMA Ekiti Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, General Surgeon, FTH, Ido Ekiti., Dr. O.J. Taiwo, Anatomic Pathologist, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Dr. Ogunseye J.B, National Association of General and Government Medical and Dental Practitioners and National Secretary, Hospital Management Board, Ekiti, Dr. Olajide .O, President, Association of Resident Doctors, EKSUTH, Dr. Atolani Adeniyi, Secretary NAGGMDP, Ekiti State and Mr. Ajibola, NMA Ekiti driver.
Other delegates in the vehicle who survived the crash are said to be in stable condition and receiving medical attention under the auspices of the Chairman of the Kaduna State NMA and his team.
The statement added that the bereaved families had been contacted and arrangements are in motion to convey the bodies back to Ekiti State, adding that burial arrangements would be communicated in due course.
Meanwhile the NMA states: “While the conference continues, the National Officers’ Committee hereby directs that all doctors should observe one week of mourning from Tuesday, April 26 to Tuesday May, 3, 2016. Every doctor should put on black band on the left arm over white overall.”
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has described the unfortunate incidence as the lowest point in the history of the State and a monumental loss not only to the people of Ekiti State but to Nigerians.
Declaring three days of mourning in the state — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, he directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast.
Fayose described the death as an eclipse of professional and intellectual figures, who lost their lives in active service to mankind.
“Ekiti has lost some of the best trees in its forest of medicine. I am deeply sad. This is one loss too many,” he said.
In a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said, “Death of seven prominent indigenes of a State in one day and at the same period is a burden too heavy to bear and it is my prayer that God, who is the only giver and taker of live will give Ekiti people the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
He urged families, friends and professional colleagues of the deceased, especially members of the NMA, to take solace in God who giveth and taketh when it pleases Him.
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